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Exeter arrest investigated by police watchdog the IPCC

Scene of Exeter arrest
Image caption Four police officers and three police community support officers were at the scene

The arrest of a man in Exeter, who is seriously ill in hospital with head injuries, is being investigated by the police watchdog.

He was held after Devon and Cornwall Police were called to the city centre at about 11:00 BST on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old was taken to hospital after he became unresponsive in a cell at Heavitree Road Police Station.

Staff from the force referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The man was restrained while being arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after a disturbance at the junction of High Street and Paris Street, the IPCC said.

It is understood four police officers and three police community support officers were at the scene, it added.

IPCC commissioner Amerdeep Somal said it was a "very serious incident" and the watchdog was appealing for witnesses.

She said: "We are reviewing relevant CCTV footage of the city centre and are anxious for the public's help in determining exactly what happened."

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